Happy March Everyone!
Today I wanted to talk about my Second Trimester Recap (now that I am WELL into my third trimester of my second pregnancy). I wanted to talk about my symptoms and how I handled them, routines and products that I have been using and started using in the second trimester!
To start off, I am happy to say that my nausea dramatically decreased! It was definitely still an issue at some points where I would need to go lie down or avoid a certain kind of food, but nothing like my first trimester. Along with that, my fatigue seemed to go away almost entirely, making it easier for me to get back into my day to day routine.
I definitely felt so much better being able to keep up with Sophie, the house and all of the errands again, and while I had that energy back, I tried to make a point to keep up with all of the chores that had seemed to pile up over the first few months of this pregnancy. This helped me feel more relaxed and at ease as well as giving my mind the clarity I was needing.
Something that, surprisingly, made me feel so much more energetic, was getting into a weekly workout routine, and actually sticking with it. Not only did it help me with staying fit, but like I said before, it gave me the amount of energy I felt as though I was lacking.
I will be posting in an upcoming post my pregnancy workout routine, where to find all of those workouts, as well as a nutritional plan!
My second trimester has definitely been the easiest, and brought back sweet memories of when I was pregnant with Sophie! I have had an amazing time during my second trimester, and felt as though I was able to really enjoy every moment! (Plus, it definitely helped that it was over the holidays! I could actually enjoy all of the fun and deliciousness!) Baby boy started moving around week 18 (I could actually tell since I have felt those movements before), and he has gotten more and more active over time!
Something that I noticed was that, for some reason, I felt much more dehydrated than I did in the beginning of my pregnancy. Not only from the inside, but my skin also felt ridiculously dry, and incredibly itchy! I had been itchy with Sophie, but this time around I felt dramatically itchier.
Something that helped me keep up with hydrating myself was buying a GIANT reusable water bottle as well as lots of creams and lotions to moisturize my skin!
The reusable water cup I bought was from Starbucks, which I love because it has a straw, which is easy to keep sipping on throughout the day, as well as making it easy for me to share with Sophie!
My favorite moisturizing cream that I have been using is The Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter! I used this also while I was pregnant with Sophie, and one of the things that encouraged me repurchase was the fact that it is such a thick, moisturizing cream, but it actually SOAKS INTO THE SKIN! I have zero residue left on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated! It is a little pricey, but definitely worth the investment.
Another thing I love about this product is that it is vegan, toxic-free, and organic! As well as being a smaller company, which I love supporting!
Other lotions I have loved using when I am running low on my tummy butter is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula, as well as plain old coconut oil!
With the coconut oil, I use it all over my body, and after baby is here, it is an EXCELLENT alternative for nipple creams. I love using coconut oil because it is hydrating and natural!
When it comes to hydrating my skin, I like to moisturize at least 3 times a day, and if my skin is feeling a little drier that day, I will set aside a couple more times to make sure and moisturize. I try to refill my water 8 times a day, which has not been kind to my bladder, but awesome to my body overall!
Another thing I loved having during my Second Trimester (as well as during my first trimester) is The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. Even though I have already gone through one pregnancy and childbirth experience before, I love learning more about taking care of my own body and baby boy in natural and healthy ways!
My amazing sister-in-law who is also expecting recommended this to me and I am SO thankful that she did! I have loved keeping up with everything week-by-week, as well as trying the awesome recipes and going through the encouraging affirmations. Since I had more energy during my second trimester, I feel as though I was able to try much more from the book than I was able to during the first trimester.
The last necessity I needed during my second trimester was, obviously, maternity jeans! I have grown so much faster and bigger this time around than my last pregnancy, so I decided to invest in some jeans that would last as well as being comfy and cute! When it comes to maternity clothes, I am not big into spending a ton of money on shirts, dresses, skirts, etc. Because in all honesty oversized sweaters or tight t-shirts work just fine, look cute, and cost NOTHING! But there is no way to get around needing maternity jeans. My favorite places to shop for maternity jeans is Target and Pink Blush Maternity online! They have all of their sizing information easily available, awesome return policy, and always have discounts and sales going on!
Well, there it is! My Second Trimester in a tiny little nutshell! If any of you are expecting, I hope you all are having and continue to have healthy pregnancies! I hope you all have enjoyed this recap! Have a blessed week and I will talk to you all in my next post!